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Litecoin, EOS, Stellar Lumens, Tron, IOTA Technical Analysis: EOS Plateaus to Tame “Expensive” RAM Prices?

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Weekend’s price action was a short in the arm for Bitcoin, IOTA and a host of other coins under our focus. EOS is also stable despite claims of block producer crash by EOS New York. On the other hand, Tron implements their incentivization plan which is overly good for network development.

EOS Technical Analysis

From accusations of two percent of coin holders owning more than 90 percent of all EOS coins in circulation, RAM speculation, EOS centralization calls due to their emphasis on scalability and speed and now claims that some Block Producers actually crashed when their network RAM capacity exceeded one GB is just ridiculous.

Claims that some BPs crashed came directly from EOS New York one of the leading BP with authority on the site. At the moment, we cannot pin point which BPs did crash but what we know is was due to their node configuration failure or that they only had 1 GB of RAM. At current spot price, 1 MB of RAM costs $873.

Regardless, EOS is still pretty stable and continues to move within a one percent trade range inside July 2 high low. With this, it also means our trade plan is still intact and neutral. All we need is a push above $9 as laid out in our previous trade plan for EOS buys to dominate or drives below $7 if sellers are to be on top.

Litecoin (LTC) Technical Analysis

Despite Bitcoin and ETH edging higher and breaking key resistance lines, Litecoin is stable to say the least. Yes, it’s up five percent in the last day as I type this but still moving inside July 2 high low.

Either way, we remain positive on Litecoin and for activation of our buys, buyers must push and close above $90 to warrant buys on dips in lower time frames in days to come. Before then, it’s better to stay on the sideline and wait till our trade conditions are met.

Stellar Lumens (XLM) Technical Analysis

In the last 24 hours, Stellar Lumens has been edging higher and what’s important for our analysis is that consistent higher highs. To quantify, it is up seven percent in the last day and syncing with July 2 bulls.

Remember, this appreciation follows a week of horizontal consolidation above 20 cents. Since our longs are live, I suggest buying with stops at 19 cents and targets at 30 cents and later 40 cents.

Tron (TRX) Technical Analysis

Quality is a word that Tron takes seriously. They want a prosperous network and those seeking to improve their ecosystem are often heavily incentivized. Taking a look at previous Tron events, we can see a track record of them supporting top notch products and now, they have a Tron Incentive Plan.

Behind this plan is a $200,000 plan where 10 projects would each receive $20,000 for their effort to build better dApps running on Tron.

It’s no doubt that Tron is still struggling to stay afloat. In fact is down two spots and is now at 12 in the liquidity list despite gaining five percent at the time of press. Ideally I would like to see buyers printing above 5 cents before going long but that’s a tall order for bulls at the moment.

So, first, because of that double bar bullish reversal pattern of June 29-30 and July 2 engulfing pattern, solid buys would happen after prices edge above 4.3 cents or there about. That’s above July 2 highs and above the last six days consolidation.

IOTA (IOT) Technical Analysis

After two days of strong depreciation, IOTA buyers managed to recoup some of their losses over the weekend. This is good because this means we now have a Morning Star, a bullish reversal pattern right at the support in the weekly chart.

As such, in the days to come, the best approach is to look for buys once IOTA prints above last week’s highs at $1.25 or even $1.3, our conservative bull trigger. On the reverse side, any break below 90 cents would cancel this buy projection.

Disclaimer: Views and opinions expressed are those of the author and aren’t investment advice. Trading of any form involves risk and so do your due diligence before making a trading decision.

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Twitter on the Defensive, Blames Third-Party App for Recent Scams

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Twitter is pointing the finger at an unnamed third-party app as the party responsible for a string of cryptocurrency giveaway scams in recent weeks involving some major brands.

Throughout the year, the popular social media platform Twitter has been in a losing battle against a massive botnet and cybercriminals who are hijacking prominent, verified accounts and using them to steal cryptocurrencies from their user base. 

Despite the problem being a lingering one, in recent weeks, the frequency of the scheme had appeared to escalate significantly, hitting a total of four big name brands and resulting in thousands of dollars in stolen cryptocurrency.

The scammers first targeted a British fashion brand and the United Kingdom arm of a French film studio, and shortly after set their sights on U.S. retail giant Target, and search engine powerhouse Google, via their G Suite brand account. The accounts were used to tweet promoting a cryptocurrency giveaway scam, and the tweets were promoted via the platforms paid advertising system. 

Over $185,000 in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum were stolen from Twitter users as a result.

Shortly after Target was hacked, Twitter claimed it had implemented some security measures aimed at preventing the frequency of the scheme that have long been plaguing the social media platform. Not even hours later, Google’s G Suite account was hacked, suggesting more might be at play.

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Target had initially apologized to its audience after the retailer’s “Twitter account was inappropriately accessed,” but after blamed it on a third-party app.

Now, Twitter itself is pointing the finger at an unnamed third-party app as the backdoor hackers used to post the tweets promoting the crypto giveaway scam. A spokesperson for Twitter confirmed to Hard Fork that it was a third-party marketing app that was hijacked and used to promote the scam.

Twitter itself was tight-lipped over which app might have been responsible. Major brands often use third-party marketing software, apps, or platforms to help them in their marketing efforts to better reach their target audiences, allow for the scheduling of posts, and to allow for better tracking metrics than what is traditionally offered from platforms like Twitter and Facebook. 

Such examples of social media marketing apps would be Hootsuite, or Buffer.

The social media giant has been on the defensive for much of 2018, and the cryptocurrency scam has taken advantage of thousands of eager investors seeking to make a quick buck.

The issue has become so widespread, that celebrities and cryptocurrency industry icons have begun voicing their concerns, calling for action, and are even adding phrases like “not giving away crypto” to their usernames in an attempt to warn users.

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Oxfam Officially Launches Blockchain-Based Program That Empowers Farmers

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Oxfam has officially launched their blockchain-based program, called BlocRice, that is aimed at giving farmers significantly more negotiation power and to increase the efficiency of the supply chain by connecting buyers and suppliers directly through their system.

The new program, which has undergone successful trials in Cambodia, has a primary goal of increasing revenues for farmers, who can be severely underpaid, by allowing them to form agricultural cooperatives that operate similarly to labor unions, that ensure that agriculture product prices rise across the board.

Solinn Lim, the country director of Oxfam in Cambodia, spoke about the launch of the BlocRice initiative, explaining that it will promote the use of smart contracts between organic rice farmers and exporters in Cambodia, and buyers in the Netherlands.

“BlocRice promotes the use of such digital contracts as tools for social and economic empowerment. The application of blockchain technology is expected to enhance the negotiation power of small-scale farmers in their rice value chains, who are usually poor primary producers,” Lim explained.

The use of blockchain-based smart contracts will be cohesive between all the parties in the supply chain, and Oxfam has already negotiated and facilitated the use of these products between rice farmers in Cambodia’s Preah Vihear province, exporters in Cambodia, and SanoRice, the Dutch rice cracker manufacturer.

Lim added that all the information regarding the sourcing, transportation, and use of the rice, will be shared through a central, blockchain-based, system that will allow for a more cohesive and transparent relationship between all involved parties.

“BlocRice promotes the use of such digital contracts as tools for social and economic empowerment. The application of blockchain technology is expected to enhance the negotiation power of small-scale farmers in their rice value chains, who are usually poor primary producers,” she explained.

Furthermore, BlocRice’s modernization of the rice ecosystem will also introduce cashless payments to farmers, many of which previously did not have bank accounts, using accounts provided by Acleda bank.

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The Positive Benefits of Blockchain on Humanity

Oxfam’s latest initiative provides a perfect example of how blockchain technology can enhance lives by empowering individuals and rebalancing power-relationships between parties participating in business relationships, including trade.

Song Saran, the CEO of Amru Rice, one of the companies that will be participating in BlocRice as an exporter, spoke about the positive impacts of the initiative, saying that it will “increase transparency, traceability, fairness and trust in the supply chain by and enhance the livelihoods of farmers.”

Saran further added that although the BlocRice initiative will initially be exclusive to rise products, the same system and concept could easily be applied to other products and even other industries, adding that if it’s successful, it could be expanded to all of the communities currently exporting through Amru Rice.

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SEC Orders Airfox and Paragon to Return Millions to Investors on ICO Registration Violations

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has settled charges against two cryptocurrency companies which were accused of violating ICO securities offering registration rules.

Both firms, Carrier EQ (Airfox) and Paragon Coin sold digital tokens in ICOs in 2017 after the regulator’s official stance on the ICO. Some crypto fundraisers can be considered securities offerings, according to its DAO Report of Investigation.

Airfox and Paragon Settle Charges with SEC for ICO Registration Violations, $250 in Penalties

As part of the settlement, both cryptocurrency companies will return funds to harmed investors, register the tokens as securities, file periodic reports with the Commission, and pay $250,000 in penalties.

Neither one has admitted or denied the findings made by the SEC, but they have consented to the orders.

Carrier EQ (Airfox), a firm which facilitates the transfer of mobile airtime, data and currency, as well as payments for goods and services, raised $15 million from selling over a million AirTokens on October 2017.

The company had closed its $6.5 million ICO pre-sale weeks earlier than scheduled. The Boston-based blockchain company intended to use the money to develop a micro-loans program and expand abroad to emerging markets.

Paragon Coin, which focuses its blockchain platform on the cannabis industry, raised approximately $12 million worth of digital assets to work toward legalization of cannabis and implement its business plan.

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The funds would be used to make supply chains more efficient and manageable, increase transparency regarding the origin of seeds and produces, as well as allowing payments between different parties.

These are the Commission’s first cases imposing civil penalties solely for ICO securities offering registration violations. Airfox and Paragon Coin failed to register their crypto fundraisers pursuant to the federal securities laws nor did they qualify for an exemption to the registration requirements, Stephanie Avakian, co-director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division, said in a statement.

“We have made it clear that companies that issue securities through ICOs are required to comply with existing statutes and rules governing the registration of securities. These cases tell those who are considering taking similar actions that we continue to be on the lookout for violations of the federal securities laws with respect to digital assets.”

Munchee was the Commission’s first non-fraud ICO registration case. The visual review and social networking app for food failed to register with the financial watchdog, but stopped its offering before delivering any tokens and promptly returned proceeds to investors.

The company was seeking to raise up to $15 million from thousands of investors ‎to develop an iPhone app for restaurant meal reviews. The SEC did not impose a penalty or include undertakings from Munchee.

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